Chi Nei Tsang
By Claudia Jones
What is Chi Nei Tsang?
Chi Nei Tsang is an abdominal massage originally developed by Chinese Taoist Monks in mountain monasteries to help them detoxify and strengthen their bodies to perform spiritual practices. Today it is used to enhance overall health and wellbeing. Chi Nei Tsang literally means "working the energy of the internal organs". By massaging a series of points on the navel, all of the organs of the body are reminded to self-regulate, bringing the whole system into balance. This treatment frees blockages in the abdomen and guides healing energy (Chi) through the entire body using a combination of deep, soft and gentle massage strokes.
How does Chi Nei Tsang work?
By working directly on the abdominal organs it is possible not only to help release physical toxins from the body but to release emotional issues that are stored in the system as well. As a result, tension throughout the body is released allowing a natural state of balance and wellbeing to return.
Eastern philosophy and medicine promotes the understanding that unresolved emotions are stored in the body leading to ill health on the physical level. For example, anger is associated with the liver therefore an imbalance of this emotion could result in liver problems, the same applies to fear and the kidneys, worry and the spleen and so on. By releasing tension from these organs the emotion is also released allowing the Chi, or life force to flow freely again and health to be restored.
Chi Nei Tsang and Detoxification
On a physical level Chi Nei Tsang works directly on a number of organs of elimination and detoxification. The liver, kidneys, intestines, colon and the lymphatic system are all stimulated to release toxic waste more efficiently. For this reason Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage is an integral part of our detox programs, our Pure Balanced Living Program as well as a popular stand alone therapy. We highly recommend its application prior to a Colon Hydrotherapy session to help release the build up of waste and toxic matter in the colon.
Benefits of Chi Nei Tsang
- Stimulates lymph and blood circulation
- Improves elimination relieving constipation
- Alleviates bloating and gas
- Strengthens the immune system
- Eases back, neck and shoulder pain
- Helps correct postural problems
- Balances emotions
- Releases tension and stress
- Restores vitality
- Helps balance menstrual irregularities
Written by Claudia Jones, Wellness Director of Samahita Wellness, Samahita Retreat
Martin, Gilles Healing from within with Chi Nei Tsang. North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California, USA, 1999